I was too busy to do a pregame post today, but I’ve been following this afternoon’s game on the radio. I will be posting as the game goes along, so scroll down to read the latest updates.
Pierzynski got the Sox on the board with a solo shot in the 2nd, and the new guys have helped the Sox break through against Detroit in the 5th. Getz scored from first on a Beckham double (and misjudged play by Ryan Rayburn in LF) while Ozzie implemented the hit and run.
As it stands now, the game is heading into the bottom of the 6th. The Sox threatened but couldn’t score in the top half of the inning.Gavin Floyd seems to have settled in after a tough first inning, but he already has 92 pitches. It’s likely we’ll see the bullpen later in the game, and the pitching will have to be strong to hold the Tigers.
UPDATE: Matt Thornton saves the day again in the bottom of the 7th and strands a runner on 3rd to preserve the 3-2 lead. A.J. has led off the top of the 8th with a hit and is now 4-4 on the day. The Sox are currently facing Detroit’s bullpen.
UPDATE: Dotel comes into the 8th to preserve the 3-2 lead. He takes care of Polanco and Thomas, but walks Miguel Cabrera (with a very tight strike zone behind the plate). Jenks is warming and Ozzie has now made the call for the 4 out save. It will be very interesting to see how Jenks recovers from his recent struggles
UPDATE: Jenks has blown another save in the 9th. The inning just ended and Sox are going into extras. It’ll be interesting to see who the Sox go to if they take the lead. Pena?
The Sox have lost and Bobby Jenks has blown another save. The offense could have performed better and again blew chances late in the game, but again, it means nothing to Jenks since he has the lead and his job is to close it out. His recent struggles have come against good teams, but today he faced the bottom of the order in the 9th. Today Ozzie opted for the 4 out save. This may have been a questionable move with Jenks’ recent struggles. He is also the type of pitcher who likes to leave everything out there and has always seemed to have issues when having to pitch for more than one inning. I do think he has an issue leaving it all out there, coming to the dugout, and then going out there and having to do it again. Again, the fact that he’s been struggling only adds more issues to his mental approach in that situation.
Overall I can’t be mad at any of the Sox players after this win. The offense did its job (though it would’ve been nice to score a baserunner or two late in the game, and except for a few incidents, Floyd looked pretty dominant. While I didn’t like the way Jenks was used yesterday, I have no problem with brining him late in the 8th to get a big out with the game on the line. And even though I wanted to see Getz tonight, Nix still had a good game. It seems like he is always getting on base, yet his average is only in the low .200’s. It’d be interesting to see what he’d do playing everyday.
In the end, nice win, and it must be a real mental boost for the Sox to hold on to this one.
A more natural order to the defensive alignment tonight. My only gripe is that I would have started Getz again after a nice showing yesterday. He also has better stats against lefties (.293 avg in 41 ABs), and even though Perkins is a lefty he also gives up more hits against lefties (.344 avg against in 61 ABs)
Perkins is another guy who is much better at home and is coming off good starts. Floyd is also coming off an extra day of rest with his last start coming on the 4th of July (a loss in KC), so we’ll see if that effects him. His stats are better at home as well but he’s also coming off a great June, so we’ll see if Gavin struggles or we see the Gavin Floyd we saw last year
Lineups per ESPN: